4 Steps To A Healthier Family

A common story that is making headlines in the news is that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic in our world of convenience foods… we hear about diet and exercise, that we should avoid processed foods, and other foods that we should be eating. But in today’s fast paced world, people feel there is no time for a home cooked meal or figuring out how to get their children to eat healthier food. It just seems easier to grab a value meal at the local fast food chain on the way home, or get whatever sweet snacks kids will eat when grocery shopping.

The reality is this: getting children to eat healthier food starts with parents having to make changes.

Most children are natural mimics, they want to act like their parents and other adults. You need to set the same ground rules for yourself as you set for your children. But, many parents have poor habits that are difficult to overcome, so they have a hard time setting a good example for their children.

I know how difficult it can be to overcome those obstacles and create new habits… I have been in that place, and it took some effort and a change in mindset before I was able to successfully implement a whole foods lifestyle.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

1. Plan healthy snacks and meals that you enjoy, and eat them with your children. Let them see you eating the food and saying lots of positive things about the nourishing food.

2. Allow your kids to be hands-on with the meal process. Let them choose which vegetables they want to eat for dinner, and allow them to arrange the veggies on the top of the salad. Or you could take them with you to the grocery store and have them help you choose out the meals for the rest of the week. They will take pride in their work and be more likely to eat it because they were actively involved in the preparation.

3. Slowly add in whole foods and begin to phase out the processed foods. For example, Your children may turn their noses up at brown rice if they are used to eating the white rice, but you can start to make transition by adding a little bit of brown rice to the white rice. Gradually increase the amount of brown rice and decrease the amount of white rice, and your kids won’t notice much of a difference and it will allow them some time to get used to the new taste and texture.

4. Increase your fruits and vegetables. Be sure that there is fresh produce at every meal, offer your kids raw fruit or vegetable snacks and help them to learn about the types of foods that they enjoy. Sample different types of fruit to determine what their favorites are.

Although it may seem daunting to transition your families eating habits, it is possible! It is important to get children to eat more natural, whole foods– there are so many benefits associated with following a healthy meal plan. Many people realize that, but simply feel they do not have the time to do anything about it. In reality, it is about making a series of smaller changes starting with your habits.

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